Over 2m Nigerians complete voter registration in one month – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said over eight million new applicants have completed their voter registration.

In June 2021, the commission unveiled  a portal where Nigerians can register or request to update their voter information before they complete the process physically at designated centres.

According to data released by the commission on Monday, the number of persons who had completed their registration was 8,631,696 as of Monday.

This represents an increase of 2,087,451 from the 6,544,245 recorded on May 30.

Delta state is in the lead for the number of completed registrations with 396,900, followed by Kano with 380,582, and Bayelsa with 379,438.

INEC also noted that youths aged between 18 and 35 constitute the highest number of completed registrations with a total of 6,081,456.

Comparing this number to the 4,550,847 completed youths registration as of May 30, there has been an increase of 1,530,609.

This increase constitutes 73.3 per cent of the total increase in completed registrations from May 30 to June 27.

There has recently been a surge in youth turnout for the continuous voter registration exercise.

INEC had earlier fixed June 30 as the deadline for the ongoing CVR ahead of the 2023 elections.

But a federal high court in Abuja stopped INEC from ending the exercise, following a suit filed against the electoral umpire by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and 185 persons.

The suit was adjourned till June 29, 2022, for the hearing of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

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